June, 2017
NEWS & NOTES
What's happening at the Center for Developing Minds...


The Center for Developing Minds Family Series presents: How to Survive Summer Break 
Keeping Your Family Life Calm and Enjoyable

Is taking your kids to the playground a struggle?  
Do you have a battle in the back seat of every car ride?  
Can't get the kids to stop playing video games or put down their phone?

The new class, "How to Survive Summer Break," is ideal for families with children who are experiencing difficulty managing their children's behavior, while making summer activities like going to the park or the pool, pleasant and safe. The course will address the challenges of traveling with children - whether it's a long-distance car ride or a journey on a plane or train - and provide tips for making the trip a fun adventure.  Closer to home, the topic of how to moderate online gaming and media consumption and encourage alternative play will be discussed. 

Two class sessions will be offered this month:
June 22, Thursday evening, 7:00-8:30 pm or  
June 27, Tuesday morning, 10:00-11:30 am.

Currently, there is still availability in each session. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact the front office staff to reserve a space. The class is held at the Center for Developing Minds, and the course fee is $40 per family, which includes take-home materials.
 
New Clinician!
We are happy to welcome Erin Crowley, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, to the CDM clinical team. With more than 15 years of experience as a psychotherapist, school counselor and educator, she approaches therapy from a strengths-based, client-centered orientation.  Depending on the need, she employs techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, narrative therapy, ecotherapy, mindfulness, non-violent communication and somatic therapy. She prioritizes collaboration with with families, schools and community resources to treat the whole client.  If you would like to meet Erin to see how she may be able to help your family handle issues related to depression, anxiety, ADHD, high functioning autism, as well as conflict, grief or transitions, please contact the clinic to schedule an appointment.  
 
Thinking About Psychoeducational Testing?

Summer is a great time to get psychoeducational testing for your child. The Center for Developing Minds is an interdisciplinary developmental clinic, which allows us to provide a broad range of psychological and educational evaluation services for children. Our therapists assess for learning disabilities and can assess whether or not your child may be eligible for accommodations on standardized tests like the HSPT or SAT. The summers before 6th and 9th grades are particularly strategic times for testing. The testing can be used to formulate education plans as your child enters into a new school. Also, the tests are considered to be valid for three years and therefor 5th-6th grade summer testing will cover the high school placement test and 8th-9th grade summer testing will cover the SAT. For more information, please see our website or contact the clinic at 408.358.1853.    
Check it out: New Patient Orientation Days  
 
The Center for Developing Minds hosts informal "CDM Orientation" days once a month at the clinic.  The short sessions are designed to give prospective clients a chance to see the facility and meet with some of our staff. Each orientation will be hosted by one of our behavioral and developmental pediatricians, and will give your family the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our multi-disciplinary team of expert clinicians and the services they provide. 

The next CDM orientation will be on Thursday, July 13, at 9:00am.  If you know a family that has been considering working with the CDM, please feel free to pass along this information!